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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:05 am    Post subject: Allison & Johnston Police Charged At Last  Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-17676548

Ex policeman on trial for suppressing evidence in murder caseA former policeman has gone on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of illegally suppressing evidence in a murder investigation.

It is claimed Richard Munro, 53, told prosecutors Andrew Forsyth was murdered in Dunfermline on 3 November, 1995.

However, during the investigation, the police allegedly uncovered evidence which suggested Mr Forsyth was still alive on 3 November.

Munro has pled not guilty and lodged a special defence of incrimination.

It states that four other people - and not Mr Munro - suppressed the information about the time of Mr Forsyth's death from crown office briefs.

Convictions were secured against Billy Allison,47, and Steven Johnston,48, for the murder.

Prosecution lawyers say Munro's supposed actions deprived the lawyers acting for the two men of mounting an effective defence for them.

He is charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

At the beginning of proceedings, the jury heard the contents of a 10-page indictment which detailed the allegations facing the former Fife Constabulary officer.

Prosecutors say he submitted information to them which he knew was incorrect or misleading.

Munro is also said to have altered or arranged to have altered statements which were made by people who had information about Mr Forsyth's death.

It is also claimed that Munro did not submit witness statements to the procurator fiscal's office in Dunfermline and of failing to tell the procurator fiscal of information provided to the police.

The trial before Lord Doherty continues.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read what the appeal judges had to say about Mr Munro here:

http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2006hcjac30.html

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[123] But the conduct of the police went beyond obstinacy. They suppressed and altered evidence casting doubt on their theory of the date of death


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they falsified John Thow's statement by excluding the crucial reference to Michael Franklin; they did not mention the information that had been given to them in various forms by Mary Brockie, Alan Henderson, Janet Thow, Eileen Thow and Michael Franklin indicating that the deceased was alive after 3 November;


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[125] The police misconduct did not end with the trial. Fife Constabulary continued to mislead Crown Office in relation to the Deputy Crown Agent's letters of 5 July 1996 and 3 February 1997.


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[126] In the letter of 3 February the Deputy Crown Agent said that the procurator fiscal was satisfied that there was no intention on the part of the police deliberately to mislead him. That is not our conclusion. On the fuller information available to us, we conclude that the police deliberately misled the Crown in a serious way. The result was that the procurator fiscal, and in consequence the defence, were kept unaware of evidence having a material bearing on a vital issue. The police thereby induced the Crown to adopt the police theory of the date of the murder and to challenge the credibility and reliability of any defence witness who cast doubt on it. That, in our opinion, was grave misconduct.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/16608...icktracker_source=posts_also_read


High Court: Ex-police inspector accused of lying over case

A former senior Fife police officer appeared in court accused of withholding information during a murder hunt and lying about it afterwards.

Richard Munro, 51, was a detective inspector with Fife Constabulary, at the time he was put in charge of the investigation into the murder of Drew Forsyth, 34, in Dunfermline in November 1995.

Two men, Steven Johnston and Billy Allison, were later jailed for life for the murder of their drinking buddy but appealed against the conviction.

Munro, formerly of Dunfermline, but now living in the south of England, faces charges of attempting to defeat the ends of justice and perjury arising from his handling of the investigation and the evidence he gave at the later appeal.

On Friday Munro made his first public court appearance since he was charged and the case was continued until next Wednesday.

Lawyers are expected to discuss then possible dates for a trial which could last up to six weeks.

Defence QC Mark Stewart told the High Court in Edinburgh: "This is an extremely complex and highly unusual case."

The indictment against Munro describes how Mr Forsyth's body was found in the living room of his home in Milton Green, Dunfermline, and says Munro was "under a duty to investigate the circumstances of said crime of murder fully and fairly."

But, it is alleged, between November 1995 and the trial the following March, Munro deliberately failed to pass on relevant information to the local procurator fiscal and submitted information which he knew to be incorrect or misleading.

Munro also deliberately withheld information which contradicted his early reports, it is claimed.

Witness statements

It is also alleged that Munro altered witness statements or arranged for them to be altered.

Witnesses said they had seen Mr Forsyth alive after the supposed day of the murder, according to the indictment. But their statements were not passed on to the fiscal preparing the case against Mr Johnston and Mr Allison.

Munro is alleged to have continued to mislead senior police officers and lawyers representing Mr Johnston and Mr Allison during inquiries which followed the trial.

A second charge alleges that Munro lied on oath during an appeal hearing in October 2005.

His denials that he had suppressed information and that apparent sightings of Mr Forsyth - throwing doubt on the time he died - had not been brought to his attention, were false, it is claimed.

He is also alleged to have tried to shift the blame onto other officers.

The murder trial in March 1996 heard that Mr Forsyth was supposed to have died during a drunken row with Johnston and Allison on the night of November 3 1995, but his body lay in his living room for another six days before it was found.

He had been beaten and strangled, the trial heard
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...-found-by-tv-show-86908-20361330/

Scots cop accused of corruption found by TV show

Mar 24 2008 Exclusive by Mark Mcgivern

A BENT detective who fled Britain when he was accused of corruption is facing a new police probe after being tracked to Devon.

Police want to quiz former chief superintendent Richard Munro over claims he framed two innocent men for murder.

Munro, 50, who served 26 years in Fife Constabulary, left the force in disgrace in 2004.

The corruption investigation was launched after the appeal court quashed the convictions of Dunfermline men Steven Johnston and Billy Allison for the murder of their pal Andrew Forsyth.

The pair walked free after spending 10 years in prison when the appeal court ruled Munro and his team of detectives had hidden vital evidence.

Judges branded Munro a liar and said he and his colleagues were guilty of "grave misconduct".

Munro quit Britain and lived in various countries in a camper van.

He finally slipped back into the UK to a bolthole in Devon - where he was tracked down by a BBC team.

The case features in a documentary to be screened on Wednesday, which tells how detectives from Lothian and Borders spent two years investigating Munro and his colleagues.

Detectives are confident they have done enough to charge Munro for perverting the course of justice.

A source revealed last night: "It didn't matter to them that it was another bunch of cops they were investigating. They got the job done.

"Nobody could believe some of the stuff that went on in this murder investigation. It tarnished the reputation of the police."

Before Munro left the force, he was on secondment to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary - which inspects police forces and advises ministers.

Johnston and Allison were convicted of the murder of gentle giant Andrew in March 1996. It soon emerged that Fife police covered up a raft of crucial witnesses who saw Forsyth alive after he was supposed to have been dead.

The show contains allegations that:

MUNRO threatened witnesses with jail unless they co-operated.

HE suppressed, ignored or altered vital witnesses testimony.

HE lied to his own bosses to save his neck, causing the deputy chief of Fife to lie to the Crown.

Munro faced demotion in 2004 after a prostitute said he'd had sex with her. But he quit before a tribunal, pocketing a £100,000 payoff.

He sold his £250,000 house in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, and moved with his wife Elspeth, 50, to the Rockvilla Hotel in Lochcarron, Wester Ross.

He later bought the bigger Glen Isla Hotel in Perthshire for £450,000.

But after three difficult days in the dock at the Appeal Court in 2006, he quickly took off to Europe.

Now BBC investigators have tracked Munro to Swimbridge, Devon.

Mr Johnston, 44, said: "Munro should have to go to prison for what he has done to me. He played judge, jury and executioner in my case."

Munro has denied all the allegations.

CORRUPT Cops: The Inconvenient Truths is on BBC1 Scotland at 10.40pm on Wednesday, March 26.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Munro Found Guilty Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-18556183

On a personal level I hope they fling the book at him after not pleading guilty and costing a lengthy trial.

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A former policeman has been convicted of withholding evidence from prosecutors while investigating a murder in Fife 17 years ago.

Richard Munro, 53, was found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

As a detective inspector he led the investigation into the killing of Andrew Forsyth in Dunfermline in 1995.

Steven Johnston and Billy Allison were jailed for murder then later acquitted.

Campaign group, Miscarriages of Justice Scotland, said the case was the first time that a corrupt policeman in the UK, in relation to a miscarriage of justice, had been convicted of a wrongdoing.

Munro's trial heard that he engineered the case which led to the Mr Johnston and Mr Allison's convictions for the murder of Mr Forsyth during a drunken row.

He withheld information from prosecutors which could have helped the two men's defence.

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You should be under no illusion that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case”
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Judge Lord Doherty

He was finally caught after the pair's defence lawyers managed to show that the retired detective chief superintendent could have acted illegally at an Appeal Court hearing in March 2006.

Appeal Court judges thought Munro's actions constituted so much potential illegality that they had no choice but to quash the pair's convictions.

Lothian and Borders Police spent two years investigating Munro and found they had enough evidence to prosecute him.

He was brought to trial earlier this year and after 11 weeks of proceedings was convicted by a majority verdict by the seven men and eight women of the jury.

Witness statements

After hearing the verdict, judge Lord Doherty deferred sentence until next month for background reports.

He told Munro: "You should be under no illusion that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case."

The Andrew Forsyth investigation was the first time Munro was put in charge of a murder probe.

When Mr Forsyth's body was discovered on 9 November 1995, Mr Munro decided that he had been murdered on 3 November.

He told prosecutors that they should base the 3 November date as the time of death in their prosecution against Johnson and Allison.

But as the murder probe progressed, policemen uncovered evidence that Mr Forsyth had been alive on and after 3 November.

Mr Forsyth was killed at his home in Dunfermline in 1995
Munro then suppressed witness statements and on some occasions even altered the content of what people had told officers.

He failed to tell prosecutors about how he had access to information which showed Mr Forsyth had been alive after 3 November.

During the trial, Munro's defence QC Mark Stewart said his client had accepted that he had made mistakes during the probe.

However, he said this was because he lacked training, managerial experience and had been misled by junior colleagues.

At the end of proceedings, the former detective's wife - who accompanied her husband to court during every day of the trial - started crying loudly.

He turned to her - and said: "It's alright."

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police, who carried out the investigation into Munro's conduct, said: "It is vital that the public have confidence in the integrity of police investigations, and today's conviction demonstrates that the police service in Scotland will act professionally and effectively when investigating crimes of this nature."

John McManus of Miscarriages of Justice Scotland said: "This is a victory for justice. It's the first time in British history that a corrupt policeman - in relation to a miscarriage of justice - has been convicted of a wrongdoing.

"Hopefully it sends a message to police today that they won't get away with "fitting people up".

"But sadly it doesn't catch the killer of Drew Forsyth - who's been free for the last 16 years."


http://www.scotsman.com/news/scot...dence-in-murder-inquiry-1-2371539

http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/107...nformation-during-murder-inquiry/
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Allison and Mr Johnston spent 10 years each in prison, which equates to a total of 20 behind bars for a crime they did not commit. I wonder how long this convicted policeman will get for his part? I read that this is the first time a corrupt police officer has been convicted of such a crime involving a miscarriage of justice , so will he be made an example of? Could this be the start of lying police officers ending up in court, or  will this be put down to a 'one off' incident to save face?
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I read that this is the first time a corrupt police officer has been convicted of such a crime involving a miscarriage of justice , so will he be made an example of? Could this be the start of lying police officers ending up in court, or  will this be put down to a 'one off' incident to save face?

If they was to charge all corrupt cops in Scotland the prisons would be full of them. Yep Tom I think this will be a ''one off''. Northern Constabulary are full of them. In fact I once spoke to a Glasgow solicitor who was a former detective in Northern. His opening line to me was ''Mr Mcleod, Northern Constabulary is the most corrupt police force in Scotland''. Need I say more !!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly this is not the first time in Scotland a police officer has been found guilty of Fabricating Evidence but the following cases show they are not dealt with sufficiently enough for their crimes.

Only Days for lies:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6411755.stm

Even worse a fine

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scot...ing-about-street-fracas-1-1167332

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...making-up-charges-86908-20372795/

These sentences do not send out the proper signal that it will not be tolerated.

Having said this this trial was a high court trial lasting 11 weeks and costing thousands of pounds and his evidence resulted in two life sentences being passed out to two Innocent men so should be took more seriously.
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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...der-investigation-86908-23899737/

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Last night, a friend said Munro, who will lose his generous police pension, had withheld evidence because he was ambitious and wanted to reach the top.

He added: “He was a young detective inspector. If he told his superiors he had acted wrongly, they wouldn’t have promoted him.

“But he’s now paying for it. His life is ruined.”


He is not paying enough in my view because he is still free.

Two men served 10 years and this is what he should serve.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So glad we finally got a result. I was Steven Johnston's solicitor's assistant at the time and sat through the whole trial with Steven. Was a shattering experience when the verdict came through.

Still questions to answer. When we wrote to Fife Constabulary after the case asking why people who said they'd given statements to the police were not disclosed the Dep Chief Const wrote back saying the police decided their evidence wasn't relevant - which suggests that such procedures were endemic, and approved, within Fife at the time. No sympathy for Munro for what he did, but many others were involved and they hould benamed, shamed and punished.

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